Mosaic, Muralize, and New vs. Old Media

Monday night, in HBO’s stylish offices downtown, Geekwire hosted a chat with Steven Soderbergh, the director of such movies as Traffic and Sex, Lies, and Videotape, and writer Ed Solomon, who were in town to promote a project called Mosaic. This filmed experience is a branching story that can be viewed via an app, but…

Nontoxic Masculinity

I consider myself lucky to have landed in Olympia, Washington in the fall of 1991, precisely when that city birthed, with the help of dozens of midwives, the riot grrrl movement. The moment I became aware of the existence of riot grrrls was a Melvins/Beat Happening show at the Northshore Surf Club. A cadre of…

Some Semi-Conscious Thoughts About Consciousness

Orchestrated object reduction, or Orch OR, is the hypothesis that consciousness is the result of quantum vibrations picked up by structures in the brain called microtubules. I woke up this morning thinking about this, and in a flash it felt as though I understood the nature of consciousness, before the feeling evaporated as I became…

Seattle, City of Literature

Congratulations are in order to everyone who helped secure Seattle’s designation as a UNESCO City of Literature. This was an effort that inspired a lot of people who worked hard for this, and the designation is well-earned. Way to go, Bob Redmond and the rest of the board of directors. I’m proud of you. I…

The Littlest Hitler

Then there’s the time I went as Hitler for Halloween. I had gotten the idea after watching WWII week on PBS, but my dad helped me make the costume. I wore tan polyester pants and one of my dad’s khaki shirts, with sleeves so long they dragged on the floor unless I rolled them up.…

Drinking from the Intellectual Firehose

Last night I had the pleasure of participating in an extraordinary conversation with a group that included two women pioneering mixed reality at Microsoft, an expert in artificial intelligence, a filmmaker just back from a trip to Cuba, an Amazon art director, an author, an editor, and an internationally renowned exonoree who advocates for the…

Your Mind is a Cosmic Space Donut

In the late eighties, when I was in high school, there was a kid named Wylie who sat in front of me in Washington State History class. I wouldn’t say we were friends, but casual acquaintances. Wylie got in a serious motorcycle accident and spent a considerable amount of time in the hospital. One morning…